DSS-GB are the European Champions
At the end of a fabulous week of competition in Paris at the 4th DSISO European and Open Swimming Championships, the 30 swimmers from DSS-GB were crowned champions!
Not only that, Billy Birchmore was the top T21 male swimmer and Ellen Stephenson was the top female mosaic swimmer. Quite a haul of trophies to bring home. For a full rundown of the swimmers’ awards, take a look at our News page.
The swimmers, coaches, chaperones and families enjoyed a week of ferocious competition resulting in GBR topping the medals table. God Save the Queen was sung frequently and with great gusto by swimmers and supporters alike. World records tumbled and PBs were smashed. When not competing, time was spent cementing friendships old and new.
A hugely enjoyable and successful week was had by all.
For more details of the competition, please take a look at our blog.
We are looking for Trustees
We are a relatively new charitable company with big plans. Two of our founding Trustees, one of whom is our Chair, are stepping down from their Trustee roles at our AGM in April so we need to appoint one parent/family trustee and up to three non-parent/family Trustees to our Board. So we are looking for a new volunteer Chair of Trustees and three new volunteer Trustees to join our volunteer Board of Trustees. We are particularly keen to recruit people with a connection and commitment to disability swimming and we have made a commitment to appoint a disabled Trustee, preferably someone connected with swimming or sport. And the person appointed as Chair will need the skills to lead our charity.
We are excited about the future of our charity and keen to find people with the right skills and expertise to join our Board to govern our charity. If you are interested in finding out more or would like to request a Trustee Recruitment Pack, please email email@example.com
We are always on the lookout for talented swimmers to come and join the squad. There are minimum qualifying standards for international competition which can be seen here. If you can swim at or close to these times and have either T21 or Mosaic Down syndrome and would like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DSS-GB at DSISO World Championships
The 9th DSISO Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships will take place between 20th – 26th July 2018 in Nova Scotia, Canada.
The team to represent Great Britain has now been announced and can be read in full on our News page.
The European Championship winning team have very high expectations but understand that it is a huge step up to the world stage. You can see how hard everyone is training by following our social media channels and we are all looking forward to the training camp in May.
Friends and supporters wish all the swimmers good luck and hope that the final few swimmers can achieve the qualifying times required for selection.
DSS-GB will continue to lobby for inclusion of our swimmers at the Tokyo games and if you’d like to help you can sign this petition.